United States First Fleet

The First Fleet was a unit of the United States Navy, in operation from as early as 1946 (but definitely active by 1948 as the First Task Fleet) to February 1, 1973 in the western Pacific Ocean as part of the Pacific Fleet. In 1973 it was disestablished and its duties assumed by the Third Fleet.

Vice Admiral A. E. Montgomery was named as Commander, First Task Fleet, in an air station report of July 1947, with an inspection visit by a group of senior officers. The old cruiser USS|Salt Lake City|CA-25|2 was sunk as an atomic bomb test target during First Task Fleet manoeuvers in May 1948. [http://ussslcca25.com/lastday1.htm (USS Salt Lake City SINKEX)] USS|Salisbury Sound|AV-13|6 became the flagship of Vice Admiral G.F. Bogan (Commander First Task Fleet) on 25 March 1949. USS|Curtiss|AV-4|6 served as flagship for Commander First Fleet early in 1949 for 3 weeks of amphibious operations in Alaskan waters to evaluate cold weather equipment. USS|Helena|CA-75|6 served as flagship for Commander, First Fleet, from January 1960 to March 1963.

Some sources claim that the United States Coast Guard is designated as the First Fleet of the Navy during wartime, but little evidence supports this claim. Such a designation is informal at best and has not taken place during the current War on Terrorism.Fact|date=September 2008

Commanders

* Vice Admiral A.E. Montgomery (circa 1947)
* Vice Admiral G.F. Bogan (circa 1949)
* Admiral Harold M. Martin (to 28 March 1951)
* Vice Admiral Arthur D. Struble (28 March 1951-?)
* ??
* Admiral Robert L. Dennison (1956-1958)
* ??
* Admiral Lawson P. Ramage (1964-1966)
* Vice Admiral Bernie Roeder (1967-1968)

ources and References

*http://www.kadiak.org/navy/1947apr_jun.txt
*http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ships/dafs/AV/av13-history.html (USS Salisbury Sound)
*http://members.tripod.com/~USS_Helena_CA75/helena1.html (USS Helena)
*http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspers-m/hm-martn.htm (Naval Historical Center)


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